Bowmore 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Dumpy Brown Bottle - Gold label
Stated Age
12 years old
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
P. Soffiantino & C., Genova, Italy
Added on
11 apr 2009 10:26 am

Average value

€ 594.58

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322 × member ratings

400 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Bowmore 12-year-old

25 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.49 points.

  1. whiskydramo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
      Soap water, alkaline, new leather shoes that were soon brushed with shoe polish. Eggplant skin, smoke from burning hay, black peppers and rubber shoe soles. Finally honeycomb briquette and fried chestnut shell. Too rubbery and leathery
    • Taste
      85 85
      Diluted pear and apple juice, honey, rock sugar, some banana peel, rubber slowly arrived and took over. Mandarin oranges that were a bit rotten, honeydew, winter melon skin and some plums.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sweet rubber which sounded weird of course, pear peel, colour ink, tobacco and smoke from burning rubber.

  2. Petitcham scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Various and complex tropical fruits and spices, oily body, peat and smoke different from these days or morrison bowmore, high perfection, and the characteristics of well-made peat whisky (the peat swirls in the aftertaste)

  3. Gusto scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately too diluted. With a little patience, a fine distillate can be recognized, paired with a wood whose delicacy can hardly be found today. Much softer than oak. How I would love to try this one at 48%.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great nose with impressions of grain, a hint of passion fruit, vanilla and apricots. I would have guessed neither Bowmore nor Islay here ..
    Unfortunately, the mouth and finish become a bit flatter, the wood fire ash comes late
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Kensay did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    it seems that you can catch something, but the general impression suggests that my sample from a bottle with not the best preservation, unfortunately. There is no point in giving grades
    • Nose
      old musty cellar, some perfume, light sweet smoke and a drop of iodine
    • Taste
      ripe exotic fruit in oil, mango
    • Finish
      a little perfume, citrus zest and wood

  6. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. sphinx scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  8. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    "old" bowmore:
    exotic sweetness on the palate: it is very fruity, very colorful, the spices are barely present.
    the fine smoke, a little salt, a little grass on the violet
    on the palate, a little disappointment, it's a little watery, the fruits yield a bit of ground, there are woods, herbs again and the smoke barely noticeable
    the finish is simple and basic considering the excellent nose.

  9. DenisLeonov did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Balance? Considering a spoiled nose? I don’t know ... no evaluation ... what a bad luck ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
    In the meantime, there is no need to know about it. ”
    • Nose
      Mushroom broth, dead mice, glue and rotten vegetables ... a blender glass does not fit (it conveys the unpleasant notes of an old bottle too much) ... after standing it got better, fruits and damp earth and old machine oil appeared ...
    • Taste
      Fruit, ash, oil and citrus
    • Finish
      Spicy finish, citrus and wax, wood ... burnt match, salt

  10. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A superb nose, at a level that can't be met in the palate, and to a lesser extent the finish. Nevertheless it it a classical Bowmore from the '70s (distillate), which is a sign of quality. 
    • Nose
      The nose is so delicate, what a surprise. It has a dirty side of gasoline and various oil products, but it's also fresh and fruity on apple and rhubarb. Gradually, licorice root and heather come into play, with chamomile tea. Then, coconut shaving, salty air and breakfast cereal. 
    • Taste
      Oily and delicate, not overpowering. The earthy and dirty side is less present, but still there. Fruity melon enters, together with apple juice and vanilla. Herbal tea complements the palate. 
    • Finish
      A bit earthier and a tad sooty, with more saline peat influence. Further: licorice allsorts, melon, allspice and herbal tea. 

  11. Ra_Di scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. BXpress scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior


    Nice subtle peat. Might not be peaty enough for the die hard peat zealots, but for me this is just about right.
    • Nose
      Initially fruity, with some nice apple notes. Strong honey note coming through with a little bit of barley. Hay and raw wool. Slightly earthy but other than that there is not much peat going on. Now a little bit of salt and that's it. Very subtle peat here. Nice.
    • Taste
      Soft arrival, oily. A tiny bit of fruit. Then in the development, you get good note of salty fudge. Also there is some seriously good note of engine oil. More herbal notes towards the end with a nice ashy character.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Strong notes of bitter herbs with some Schweppes in the mix. Maritime after taste.

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I have tasted a few of these and they are high quality, this one is more fruity than peaty.
    • Nose
      Lovely nose, fruity on plum, rhubarb and peach. There is also brine mixed with faint peat and pineapple
    • Taste
      Creamy, sugary on restrained peat and fruit with a little bitterness. Very faint coffee hints and caramel cream.
    • Finish
      Medium length on sugary sweetness

  15. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior


    Bowmore 12 yo (43%, Dumpy Golden Label, 1970’s) Nose: very briny, sea air, tropical fruit, lots of flowery notes and lots of peat. How great! And no ‘perfumy’ notes at all! Mouth: sweet, ‘good’ caramel, café latte, peat, milk chocolate. Very ‘slippery’, says Davin, and he adds: “This whisky was made by somebody who wasn’t only in it for the money’, whatever that means. The finish is medium long, very fresh and clean. Wow, it’s soooo much better than the current 12yo! Besides, it kept perfectly, which might be thanks to its plastic stopper. Plastic, better than cork or metal? Mmmm… Anyway, 90 points for this old Bowmore (Davin 92, Olivier 94).

  16. Slick scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Definitely needs some time to open.
    Don't add any water !
    It will drop down flat immediately.
    The whole whisky is watery on the palate from the very start.
    For those of you who tried only a sample of this or a single bottle, i tried whisky from 3 bottles and there is somewhat a significant diffrence of the whole whisky bottled inside those bottles... I rated first one with 85p due to being peaty and less fruity, also lighter in color, however second 2 bottlings were significantly darker in color and had a more fruity taste. 88p for those. All 3 bottlings were a bit watery on the palate though...
    No matter what however, It's definitely a must try for all Bowmore fans.

  17. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    I prefer the Bowmore De Luxe over this one because it's a bit oilier and smoother.

  18. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful nose on exotic fruits. A mouth in continuity with a little spice.
    Great whisky.

  19. Dede scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Superb nose, exotic. Mouth quite powerful, fruity and spicy, metal notes obe. The final is a little brief.

  20. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a really great whisky!
    Quite different from today's Bowmore
    practically no smoke, only the "dirt" from the sea and the watt
    incredibly sweet and fruity
    elegant yet expressive, always mild
    I would not have blinded him to Islay, more to the coast of the mainland
    with just one word: Wow!
    • Nose
      The place on the flooded by the sea meadow you liked so much the last time that you visit him again
      This time, there are oranges, blackberries and a sherry in your backpack
      the sun slowly sinks on the horizon and dives into the sea
      a spice coffee with cinnamon, honey and cardamom warms you from the inside
      a campfire would be great, you are looking for it, but nowhere is one to see
      To warm you, you get up and take a walk through the mudflats
      salty and musty is the cooling sea breeze
      you absorb your environment in you and you could go on forever
    • Taste
      Now it's time to devote yourself to the delights in your backpack
      the oranges are juicy and sweet
      a light salty topping has formed on the tongue and you are sipping coffee
      Sweet and spicy, you lick a piece of honey from your finger on the still hung a piece of orange peel
      You close your eyes and for a moment you had the feeling that somewhere there was a campfire
      but where? As suddenly as it came, it is gone again
      the day is coming to an end and you are going home
      past an old wooden wreck from which grows a bush with sea buckthorn berries

  21. ASWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    mmh, I like them indeed
    • Nose
      sehr feine zarte Noten nach warmer Kräuterwiese und Sommererde
      im Hintergrund leicht Schokolade, eine kalte Lakritznote
      durch alles zieht sich süße reife Aprikose
      ein Hauch vom Veilchenöl aber angenehm
    • Taste
      ein kühler glatter Antritt
      Mmh sehr feine Pralinenschokolade fast eine Creme,
      leichte Bitterkeit die sich mit Rauch und feiner Früchtsüße mischt
      im Rachen bäumt er sich leicht auf… und wird dann wieder weich und subtil
    • Finish
      schokoladig weich fast wie eine Praline
      sehr edle Aprikosensüße
      dann kommt etwas Malz
      eine Prise Kräuter
      zarte Malzsüße mit kakao
      Salz mischt sich unter
      es wird maritim

  22. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice to try something old. But he will not be my favorite. As a grade, there's an average of 3.
    • Nose
      Hardly any smoke, a nice malt note. Otherwise, maybe fruits towards the pear.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly soft and malty, oak and a spice blend in, then he is already gone.
    • Finish
      Very short

  23. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur Color: gold
    Nose: Very pleasant - sweet marzipan notes in conjunction with a herbal parade, Maggiwürze, cowshed and wet sheepskin. Freshly staked peat and a lot of smoke. Maritime with underlaid nut flavors.
    Taste: Somewhat thin consistency, only slightly spicy, again cowshed, old leather saddle, attic and old furniture. In addition, there are very salty herbs, some wood and a fine honey sweetness.
    Finish: Relatively short - smoky-salty-dry! Dried herbs and dusty loft.
    Comment: The nose reminds a bit of the old blends of White Horse from the fifties!
    90 points (nose: 91 / taste: 90 / finish: 88)

  24. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Difficult to compare with current expressions of Bowmore. This is much more complex. Not much peat and coastal influences, but more herbal and floral. Special and very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Fragrant. Herbal and earthy notes. Also a little metalic edge. Wet grass. Heather. Smoke at the background. Intriguing nose.
    • Taste
      Liquorice. Some sweet fruit. Later on more bitterness. A lot of flavour development.
    • Finish
      Quite dry, winey. Becomes more salty at the end.

  25. Missalotta scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I confirm Corbusos taste, a superb bowmore, peaty, with a delicious tropical fruitiness.

  26. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    87P is for the Italian Import Gradi 43%

  27. corbuso scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A superb bowmore, slightly peaty, with a delicious fruitiness and on exotic fruits. Might need some time to open.


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